Art FUN-damentals!

Survey Art classes can be a little daunting for an art teacher.  How are we supposed to cram every element, principle, medium, and history lesson into one semester?  How do we choose what stays and what we skip over?  What if the goals don’t match up with the state standards?  What if they do match…

Getting out of the Art Room!

While I love the Art room…with it’s colorful stacks of paper, endless bins of markers and colored pencils, and faint smell of acrylic paint or hot glue, sometimes you just have to GET OUT and look purposefully at the world. Gallery visits, museum tours, studio trips, or even just a neighborhood art walk will do…

Culture & Geography in the Art Room

I love to travel and share that love with my students.  Getting to write curriculum that crossed into geography, world history, foreign language, music, architecture, and art was a joy for my soul. We started with an analysis of flag designs from around the world, making note of graphic design elements and color choices.  From…

Photography Mentoring Program

Q: What do you do when your school wants you to create a big, robust digital photography program for your high school art students, but you don’t have any budget for cameras?? A: Start a mentoring program with a couple dozen of your favorite local photographers, of course! Building a meaningful mentoring program for my students…

Modigliani!

I’ll admit it: this is one of my FAVORITE projects (please don’t tell the others.)  Oil pastel on black is silky and rich, mixing colors in layers rarely disappoints.  For this project, my Art Around the World class was making a stop in Italy, studying the masters and picking up a bit of an appreciation…

Studio Art: Music + Pictures

Pairing students’ love for music with visual expression is always an interesting experience.  For this project, I rescued a huge crate of old records from being sent to the landfill and asked my students to select a song that really made them feel something.  They then came up with visual, text, or a combination of…

Learning to Vermont: Independence Day

Relocating to an entirely new part of the country is an exciting, but challenging, experience.  One month into our new life in Vermont, I’ve done all the nesting our small apartment (and my patience) can tolerate.  While my husband is busy with his job and our daughter is fast familiarizing herself with every square inch…